MORRISTOWN - Union Local Elementary School was evacuated after a bomb threat was discovered Tuesday, Superintendent Kirk Glasgow said, marking the fourth consecutive class day in which a threat was discovered in one of the district's school buildings.
Glasgow said school officials discovered two threats around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and promptly evacuated the elementary school only. Those students were transported to the high school gymnasium. Belmont County sheriff's deputies determined the gym was free of any danger prior to students' arrival Tuesday, Glasgow pointed out.
By 2 p.m. Tuesday, a student had admitted to making one of the bomb threats discovered that day, Glasgow said. Another student also had told sheriff's deputies they had made threats on two previous days at the middle and high schools, according to Glasgow. He declined to identify either student.
Sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Allar did not say the student confessed, but he said deputies have identified a juvenile suspect believed to have made a threat Monday at the middle school.
"The juvenile and the juvenile's family are cooperating and working with the school to deal with this matter and to prevent it from happening again," Allar said.
Glasgow expressed disappointment, especially because administrators and law enforcement officials had met with students at all three schools early Tuesday to discuss the consequences of making false threats.
Allar said charges against the suspects identified Monday and Tuesday are "always possible" and called a false bomb threat "a very serious offense." He noted the Belmont County Prosecutor's Office would determine what, if any, charges to file.
Bomb threats were discovered in school buildings on Nov. 19 and 20, prompting evacuations. Students were off for the Thanksgiving holiday the next three days. Teachers and students returned Monday, when another bomb threat was found and officials again evacuated the buildings.
Following a special board of education meeting Tuesday, Glasgow said he believed the matter had been resolved, emphasizing the "copycat" nature of the threats.